I'd like a French chateau please
By Judy Evans
July 2, 2017 1:43am CST
Last night we stayed at Camping du Gurp, a campsite run by the local municipality. These municipal campsites are idea for us. Some offer basic facilities; others are little more than a safe place to stay but the price reflects the facilities. The site is north of Bordeaux on the peninsula between the La Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. It was recommended by a young couple we met at Chateau Carmenbere at a wine-tasting. There were only the four of us there but we tasted some nice wines and were shown around the winery. This was in the Medoc region where there are very many chateaux and the photo shows one of them. Most seem to be involved in producing wine. The one we visited had a fancy name but not a fancy chateau. But the wines were very nice and we enjoyed some with our dinner last night. The young people (he was German, she was Swedish) come here for the surfing and might travel to Australia one day. Who knows? Perhaps they’ll end up couch-surfing with us. I find it hard to believe the size of the some of the camping places here. There are 949 sites here, all interspersed among pine trees. About a third have access to electricity – and the men’s urinals don’t have doors.
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2 Jul 17
@JudyEv I do this on my wife's behalf. She would feel utterly violated if she happened upon a gentleman peeing freely and would perhaps berate and even acost him for being so offensive. I don't know how we managed to survive a year in Paris without major mishap.
2 Jul 17
Maybe because somebody needed a door. Seriously, usually there are doors in bathrooms, and no doors in vespasiennes, but vespasiennes tend to disappear since many years, Paris has kept only one as a souvenir. I suppose these urinals are following the vespasienne model. There is an interesting vespasienne mounted on wheels in a theater play by Pagnol, Topaze : a local politician places a vespasienne in front of various restaurants and shops, and as soon as he is bribed to make it disappear, the vespasienne goes in front of another shop. Ingenious.
2 Jul 17
@topffer We had vespasiennes in Milan when I was a kid and of course they had no doors, but were a lot more discrete than the photo that July posted yesterday. I join a photo of the old "vespasiani" and I thought that it would have been better not to remove them, at least the tourists would have used then instead than urinate on the monuments.
2 Jul 17
@LadyDuck I had to look on her profile as I did not saw this post. I do not see anything wrong with this urinal, they are often aligned by 4 or 5, this one is discrete. I like your vespasiennes, they are looking like a Roman antiquity. I would bet it was from the Mussolini Era.
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3 Jul 17
My feet hurt too much to want to live in a huge place like that. Unless of course I had some good-looking muscular guys to transport me in one of those uncovered litter chairs from room to room. Oh, and a swimming pool. I'd want a pool to cool my feet off in.